2018 – 2019

COURT

Crown Courts, County Courts and the Royal Courts of Justice will close over the Christmas period on:

  • Tuesday 25 December 2018
  • Wednesday 26 December 2018
  • Thursday 27 December 2018
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019

Some emergency courts may operate over the holiday. Please check before travelling. Seethe court and tribunal finder for details.

If you are filing documents with the court and, for example, your deadline for submission falls on one of the above dates, you are allowed until 4pm on the next ‘working’ day.  Therefore if your Defence is due to be filed on Christmas Day, you will be able to file up to 4pm on Friday 28th December ( however, we’d recommend filing on the 24th if you are filing online, and if posting we’d recommend posting 1st class mail before the 20th December due to Christmas Posting dates.

CPR, r. 2.8(5) provides that if the date for doing any act at the court office ends on a day in which the court office is closed then that act shall be carried out in time if it is done on the next day when the court office is open. For example, if the defence would have been due on 26 December 2018 it does not actually become due until 28 December 2017 because this is the first day when the court office is open after the date when the defence would have been due.

It should be noted that a defendant is not entitled to extra days for filing the defence just because there were bank holidays/court office closures within the period of time permitted for responding to the claim. The date for filing and serving the defence must fall on a day when the court office is closed for extra day(s) to be permitted under the rules. Otherwise normal extensions need to be agreed between the parties or a formal application should be made to the court to extend the period of time for filing and serving the defence.

If you have any queries about a court claim you have received please feel free to post in our dedicated forum – Received a Court Claim?

POST

Christmas Posting Dates

Royal Mail’s last Christmas posting dates for 2018
  • Tuesday, December 18 for second class mail.
  • Thursday, December 20 for first class mail.
  • Saturday, December 22 for special delivery.

BANKS

Bank Closing Dates

Most banks will be closed on

  • Tuesday 25 December 2018
  • Wednesday 26 December 2018
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019

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BENEFITS

Benefits Payment Dates 2018

If you are experiencing issues with your benefits please feel free to post in our dedicated forum – Social Welfare, Health and Benefits

CHILD BENEFIT

– if you are normally paid on a Tuesday your payment won’t be paid on Christmas Day or New Years Day, it should be paid on Christmas Eve ( Monday 24th December ) instead.

See below for Universal Credit and Tax Credits payment date changes over Christmas – payments of any other benefit may be made early if they’re due between 24 December 2018 and 2 January 2019.

UNIVERSAL

UNIVERSAL CREDIT

When your payment is due When you’ll be paid
Monday 24 December 2018 Friday 21 December 2018
Tuesday 25 December 2018 Friday 21 December 2018
Wednesday 26 December 2018 Friday 21 December 2018
Thursday 27 December 2018 Thursday 27 December 2018
Friday 28 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Saturday 29 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Sunday 30 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Monday 31 December 2018 Monday 31 December 2018
Tuesday 1 January 2019 Monday 31 December 2018
Wednesday 2 January 2019 (Scotland only) Monday 31 December 2018

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TAX CREDITS

TAX CREDITS

Due date Payment date
25 December 2018 24 December
26 December 2018 24 December
27 December 2018 24 December
28 December 2018 27 December – England, Scotland and Wales only
1 January 2019 31 December
2 January 2019 31 December
3 January 2019 2 January – England, Wales and Northern Ireland only
 

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